Just when it looked like the KC Royals would snap out of their funk and win a game, they lose to the lowly Houston Astros. They lost 6-5.
The two bench players were the majority of the offense on Monday.
Elliot Johnson gave the Royals a 1-0 lead in the top of the second with an RBI single. Unfortunately, Jeremy Guthrie gave the lead up in the bottom of the inning. He then gave up two more runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning to give the Astros a 3-1 lead.
But then something miraculous happened: Miguel Tejada hit a homerun. With people on base. It was his first homerun since 2011 and the first non-solo homerun for the Royals since May 11th. Tejada hit a three-run shot with one out to give the Royals a 4-3 lead.
Unfortunately, Guthrie gave up his own three-run homerun in the bottom of the fourth to give the Astros the lead right back. Guthrie lost his second game in a row, as he allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks over just five innings.
Of course, the Royals out-hit the Astros, 11-9, but went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position. They also hit into two double plays. Eric Hosmer and Jeff Francoeur each collected three hits. I know, shocking.
*On another negative note, catcher Salvador Perez slid into the fence in front of the Astros dugout and left later in the game with an injured hip. Hip injuries for a catcher are not good.